Bangladesh archery team returned home on Monday after taking part in the Asia Cup Archery Stage 3 that concluded recently in Philippines.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell welcomed the archery team in the airport. Bangladesh Archery Federation General Secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol also received the archers.Earlier, country’s ace archer Ruman Shana once again made the nation proud as he won the gold medal in the Asia Cup Archery: Stage 3 beating his China’s rival Shi Zenqi in the individual recurve men’s event final held on Friday last at Clark City in Philippines.
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza, Modhumoti Bank, Limited deputy managing director Kazi Ahsan Khalil, Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) president lieutenant general (retd.) M Mainul Islam, BAF general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chopol, officials and coaches of Modhumoti Bank, BOA Bangladesh Ansar and VDP, Bangladesh Air Force, BAF were also present in the airport to accord reception to the victorious contingent.
In the recurve men’s team event, Bangladesh archery team comprising Ruman Sana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel won silver after losing to China by 5-3 set points while in the recurve mixed team event, Sana and Beauty Roy secured bronze medal beating their Chinese Taipei rivals by 5-1 set points.
Bangladeshi archer Ruman Shana created history as he won gold in the recurve men’s singles event of the ongoing Asia Cup-World Ranking Archery Tournament (Stage-3).
The 24-year-old beat Shi Zhengi of China by 7-3 set points in the final at Clark City in Philippines on Friday.
On the way to the final, Shana beat Thiha Htet Zaw of Myanmar by 6-0 sets in the round of 16, Thepna Denchai of Thailand by 6-0 sets points in the round of eight and outplayed Yang Huie Jhe of Chinese Taipei by 7-1 sets points in the quarterfinal.In the day’s recurve men’s team event, Bangladesh archery team comprising of Shana, Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel clinched silver at the same venue.
The Bangladesh team, sponsored by Modhumoti Bank Ltd, conceded a 3-5 set points defeat to Chinese team comprising of Xiangshuo Qi, Zhenqi Shi and La Ta in the final.
In the day’s recurve mixed team event, Bangladesh team comprising Shana and Beauty Rai bagged bronze beating Yu-Chen Yeh and Zih-Siang Lin of Chinese Taipei by 5-1 set points in the place deciding match.
The man with the golden arms was exhilarated after winning the much coveted gold medal and hoped that this success will pave the way for him in Olympics as well.
“This is really good. I’m so happy. I always just try to follow my shooting timing and do the same thing. I found a good rhythm and I’m so happy,” he said.
“When I’m going to a final, it’s the same timing system and scoring at the Olympics. This kind of competition gives me confidence and makes me feel good things about Tokyo,” added Shana.
Shana has had a brilliant season. He came third at the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships, taking his country’s first medal in the history of the event and qualifying an Olympic space for Tokyo, and is up to 13th in the world rankings.
The 24-year-old won three medals in total in the Philippines. As well as individual gold, Shana was a member of Bangladesh’s silver-medal-winning recurve men’s team and bronze medallist recurve mixed team.
“It’s a very happy moment for me and for Bangladesh as well. We are trying to promote Bangladesh on the world stage and to earn medals. We hope we can keep this up,” he said.
“Today (Friday) was really special for me. I’m not only happy but I went through experience of a lifetime which will be useful for me in future. To be frank, my goal is a medal in Tokyo,” he said.